Chalcogenide waveguides on a sapphire substrate for mid-IR applications

Amir Herzog, Benjamin Hadad, Victor Lyubin, Matvey Klebanov, Avraham Reiner, Avishay Shamir, Amiel A. Ishaaya

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We report on the fabrication of arsenic tri-sulfide chalcogenide strip waveguides on a sapphire substrate, suitable for guiding 0.55-5 μm wavelengths. Propagation losses measured using the Fabry-Perot resonator technique are 2.78 dB/cm. The chalcogenide layer refractive index dispersion is evaluated by measuring the transmission as a function of wavelength prior to waveguide fabrication. Numerical simulations are used to compare between silica and sapphire substrates for mid-IR transmittance and to calculate the waveguide's effective refractive index in a suggested design. The use of a low-loss sapphire substrate redefines the mid-IR boundaries of chalcogenide waveguides for linear and nonlinear applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2522-2525
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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